New Student Library Tours

August 14, 2014 at 1:12 am | Posted in classes, instruction, news, workshops | Comments Off on New Student Library Tours

The first few weeks of the semester is one of the busiest times of the year, especially for new students.  You will be getting lots of homework, meeting new friends, and exploring Chicago.  Galvin Library has services that can help students work more efficiently, and there are great spaces for groups and quiet study.  We are giving tours and teaching the basics of using the library, so come by and learn about the library and the services offered.  The Cherry Conference Room is located on Galvin Library’s lower level.  Tours will be offered during the following times:

Library Tour for New Students:

  • Thursday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tour lasts less than 30 minutes. Location: Lobby

Library Fundamentals for New International Students: 

  • Friday, August 22 at 11:30 a.m. Session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Location: Cherry Conference Room
  • Friday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. Session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Location: Cherry Conference Room
  • Friday, August 22 at 3:00 p.m. 中文 Session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Location: Cherry Conference Room
    *Note : the 3:00 p.m. session is in Mandarin Chinese

These classes are popular and packed with information. Show up on time (or earlier) so you don’t miss anything! Questions?  Email us here.

Citation Management Workshop Friday January 14

January 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Posted in classes, instruction, workshops | Comments Off on Citation Management Workshop Friday January 14

The Citation Management Cure
Friday, January 14
Galvin Library, Library Learning Center
Free. Register here.

Do you suffer from Lost Citation Syndrome? Consider the following scenario:

It’s the day before a paper is due, and you have the perfect quote you want to use but can’t remember which article you found it in. You can either lose precious time redoing your database searches or lose the quote. By the time you find the article, you have one hour and 15 citations to input into your bibliography before the paper is due. If only you had known about citation organizers before you got in this mess!

Now there’s hope for Lost Citation Syndrome sufferers. Let the library help you by attending a workshop Friday, January 14th. Our Digital Services Librarian, Christine McClure, will show you a variety of citation management tools that allow you to save, organize, annotate and export your citations as you work. She’ll talk about databases such as Ebsco that have their own organizers to larger multi-platform organizers like EndNote and Zotero. It doesn’t matter if your paper is 3 pages or 300 – this class will save you time and reduce panic and frustration.

Email with any questions. Add GalvinInstruction to your Google Calendar so you won’t miss any upcoming workshop.

Research Papers Explained Nov 5 (Registration Closed)

October 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Posted in classes, workshops | Comments Off on Research Papers Explained Nov 5 (Registration Closed)

Registration has closed for this class because it is full. For questions on writing, visit the Writing Center. For research questions, come to the library.

Do you have to write a research paper this semester?  If so, you won’t want to miss Research Papers Explained, an hour long class co-taught by doctoral candidate in Technical Communications Halcyon Lawrence and librarian Jannelle Ruswick. This class will help demystify the research paper writing process.

Halcyon and Jannelle will show you every step in the research paper process, including how to…

  • define your topic
  • craft a strong thesis statement
  • find the types of sources your professors require
  • organize your paper

All students at all experience levels will learn something new in this class.  Research Papers Explained will be held Friday, November 5th on Galvin Library’s lower level in the Library Learning Center from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm.

Get a Jump on the Fall Semester

August 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Posted in classes, workshops | Comments Off on Get a Jump on the Fall Semester

Start your school year out right by attending First Fridays at Galvin Library on September 5th. Librarians teach research skills on the first Friday of every month, and September’s first Friday is dedicated to getting your internet settings optimized for library research.

Admit it – there may have been times when you’ve been required to have sources or references for a paper and you used the first few articles you found and stopped. Or maybe you just used some websites as your references. This “quick and dirty” searching isn’t going to give you quality results that will impress your professors. But don’t fret! It is possible to get the best results in a convenient and efficient way and this class will show you how. We will cover the following plug-ins and customizations that give you the convenience you want and quality you need:

  • IIT Library Toolbar – A Firefox plug-in that searches the IIT library catalog directly from your browser
  • Google Scholar settings specific to IIT – these settings will connect you to the appropriate library databases for the full text of articles
  • Custom pop-up blocker settings so you don’t get lost or stuck using library resources
  • Zotero – a free citation management plugin for Firefox that makes keeping track of research and creating bibliographies a snap
  • RSS feeds and emails – make the databases do the work for you

This is the ONLY time this class will be offered this school year, so don’t miss it! So get ready…get set…get optimized!

When: Friday September 5th at 12:50pm-1:40pm
Where: In the Library Learning Center, lower level of Galvin Library

Questions about this session? E-mail us at

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